BRC Events

2016 Events at the Earth Guardian Pavilion, Burning Man

Saturday – August 27, 2016

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM – LNT Outreach/ Compliance Team Training – Since 2013, Earth Guardians

LNT Outreach and Compliance volutneers

LNT Outreach and Compliance volunteers

have volunteered to go out with BLM staff with GPS’s and cameras to go out to specific spots in the city, checking for oil drips, grey water spills, black water spills and burn barrel problems. This year we are going out as cultural ambassadors/LNT advisors without BLM. It’s a great opportunity to have ‘boots on the ground’ and share LNT love!  This is a training for our volunteers on the team, and a meal will be provided for the training.

Sunday – August 28, 2016

10:00 PM – 1:00 PM – Hot Springs Patrol Driver Training & Coordination Meeting – Our annual Sunday get together with all of the Rangers and Earth Guardians making hot spring patrols happen!  We’ll be reviewing driver shifts, protocols and daily coordination/communications before heading out on the playa to do a test drive around this year’s route to each hot spring and set up the volunteer shelters.  Go Drivers!

11:00 – 1:00 PM – Advanced LNT Outreach/Compliance TrainingAdvanced training for volunteers taking on the Team Lead Position. We’ll review team lead responsibilities, use of the Fulcrum Iphone/Ipad app and do some field testing to practice using the application before Monday’s first shift.

4:00 PM – 11:00 PM – Earth Guardians Open Bar – Come try a “Gray Water” or “Black Water” drink!

5:00 PM– 6:00 PM – All Hands on Deck Camp Meeting All Earth Guardian campers are requested to attend this meeting to meet each other, go over the camp set up, coverage of camp shifts, and the event schedule for the week.

Monday – August 29, 2016

8:30 AM – 12:00 PM – LNT Outreach/Compliance Team: Interested in learning how BLM checks for BRC permit violations? We’ll be going out each morning with Friends of Black Rock volunteers as both LNT advisors and cultural ambassadors to check for spills and burn barrel problems.  It’s a great opportunity to include our own ‘boots on the ground’ and share LNT love.  Volunteers will get a meal after each morning or afternoon shift and should attend the pre-event or Tuesday training (2pm).

11:00 PM – 2:00 PM Alternative Energy Demo Garden Food served baked in a solar oven. An assortment of alternative energy devices will be on display including DIY solar ovens, commercial solar ovens, rocket stoves, and evapotron for gray water.

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM – Procession to the Temple – Join Earth Guardians and Aztec dancers on a procession to the temple to offer a blessing and install a memorial banner.

Waiting for cookies!

Waiting for cookies!

4:00 PM – 11:00 PM Earth Guardians Open Bar – Come try a “Gray Water” or “Black Water” drink!

6:00 PM – 7:00 PM – Earth Guardian Pot Luck – Campers, come and meet your fellow campers at the Earth Guardian village.  Bring something fresh to share!

Tuesday – August 30, 2016

8:30 AM – 12:00 PM – LNT Outreach/Compliance Team: Interested in learning how BLM checks for BRC permit violations? We’ll be going out each morning with Friends of Black Rock volunteers as both LNT advisors and cultural ambassadors to check for spills and burn barrel problems.  It’s a great opportunity to include our own ‘boots on the ground’ and share LNT love.  Volunteers will get a meal after each morning or afternoon shift and should attend the pre-event or Tuesday training (2pm).

11:00 AM – 1:00 PM – MOOP Train – All aboard the MOOP train! Can you see and pick up MOOP as we move through the city? Give back to BRC, we’ll travel to the trash fence and around the city deMooping!

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM – What Goes Around, Comes Around – Earth Guardians presents the art of Bonnie Monteleone which depicts the abundance of plastic debris in some of the most remote regions of the world. After logging nearly 10,000 nautical miles in 3 ocean gyres, the word is out: ” All of us are part of the problem, but we all can be part of the solution”. Learn about Bonnie’s amazing journey.

11:00 PM – 2:00 PM Alternative Energy Demo Garden – Food served baked in a solar oven.  An assortment of alternative energy devices will be on display including DIY solar ovens, a commercial solar oven, rocket stoves, evapotron for gray water and a Black Rock Solar array.

12:30 PM – 6:00 PM: Compliance Team: Interested in learning how BLM checks for BRC permit violations? We’ll be going out each morning and afternoon with Black Rock Rangers as LNT advisers as we follow up on oil and grey water spills and burn barrel problems.  It’s a great opportunity to include our own ‘boots on the ground’ and share LNT love.  Volunteers will get a meal after each shift and must attend the pre-event or Tuesday training (2pm).

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM – Earth Guardian Information Desk Training/Activities Volunteers – Calling all Earth Guardians ready to volunteer to man our information desk where folks can come for information and help run the activities programs. We need YOU at our front line. This is a training session for all volunteers and all EG’s staying at the EG camp on the esplanade are expected to do at least three shifts. Shifts run from 9-noon, noon-3 and 3-6pm each day of the event.

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM – LNT Outreach /Compliance Team Training – Since 2013, Earth Guardians have volunteered to go out with BLM staff with GPS’s and cameras to go out to specific spots in the city, checking for oil drips, grey water spills, black water spills and burn barrel problems. This year we are going out as cultural ambassadors/LNT advisors without BLM. It’s a great opportunity to have ‘boots on the ground’ and share LNT love!  This is a training for our volunteers on the team, and a meal will be provided for the training.

What's in playa dust?

What’s in playa dust?

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM – Black Rock Playa Dust – what’s in it? Is it bad for you? How do you clean it up? – Geologist George Davis will give a full explanation of the chemical and mineralogical data from a playa sample inside of BRC in 2010. Find out the good and bad things about playa dust. Ever had trouble cleaning up after the trip to BRC? Learn a great recipe which involves simple household ingredients which removes playa dust once and for all. In addition, it’s environmentally friendly and non-toxic. REAL ‘Better living through chemistry’ with a demo.

4:00 PM – 11:00 PM – Earth Guardians Open Bar – Come try a “Gray Water” or “Black Water” drink!

5:00 PM – 6:00 PM – Fracking 101 – Ash Lauth, A Campaigner at the Center for Biological Diversity, will talk on the state of fracking on public lands across the US, and will take a look at how Black Rock City isn’t out of the running. Learn how fracking waste is being used to irrigate crops and water cattle in the Central Valley. Everything you wanted to know about fracking but didn’t know what to ask.

7:00 PM – 11:00 PM – Earth Guardians Live Music Showcase – hosted by Nathyn Knott and friends featuring conscious music, poetry and dance inspired by our connection to the earth and nature.

Wednesday – August 31, 2016

6:00 AM – 8:00 AM Experience Deep Time on the Playa Bike Tour: This is your opportunity to contemplate Deep Time while on the playa. Your journey will be led by geology experts Drs. Elizabeth Miller (Stanford U) and John Dilles (Oregon SU). Bike to the outer playa to contemplate the history of this place we call home, from the deep time geologic framework to the ice ages, first human inhabitants in the region, post-glacial warming and the raw chant and inexorable warming of the Anthropocene era. Burn baby burn! P.S. Deep Time = Geologic Time.

8:30 AM – 12:00 PM – LNT Outreach/Compliance Team: Interested in learning how BLM checks for BRC permit violations? We’ll be going out each morning with Friends of Black Rock volunteers as both LNT advisors and cultural ambassadors to check for spills and burn barrel problems.  It’s a great opportunity to include our own ‘boots on the ground’ and share LNT love.  Volunteers will get a meal after each morning or afternoon shift and should attend the pre-event or Tuesday training (2pm).

10:30 AM – 12:00 PM Champagne Problems – Join us the 2nd annual Champagne Problems MOOP playa clean-up party! We’ll provide everything you need including a great crew and lots of champagne! Let’s take 1 hour to celebrate all the playa gives us by showing it some love.

11:00 AM – 1:00 PM – MOOP Train – All aboard the MOOP train! Can you see and pick up MOOP as we move through the city? Give back to BRC, we’ll travel to the trash fence and around the city deMooping!

Geology talk

Geology talk

11:00 PM – 2:00 PM Alternative Energy Demo Garden – Food served baked in a solar oven. An assortment of alternative energy devices will be on display including DIY solar ovens, a commercial solar oven, rocket stoves, evapotron for gray water and a Black Rock Solar array.

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM: Geology of the Black Rock Desert – Ever wondered about those amazing land forms around Black Rock City? Come and learn how they were formed and what they’re about. Come and learn about the rocks from from Cathy Busby, our expert field geologist from UC Davis.

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM – Alternative Energy Options – Clay, the Mayor of the Alternative Energy Zone (AEZ), will talk about how the AEZ doesn’t need generators and how you can reduce your need for using fossil fuels at Burning Man and at home with solar and wind power. He will show you how to determine how much power you may need to design for. Bring your questions.

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM – More than just one word on Plastics:– Plastics: we love them and hate them. Rebecca Braslau, organic chemistry professor at UC Santa Cruz, will discuss the history of plastics, what they are made of, health, environmental and societal issues, and exciting developments in emerging biosustainable and biodegradable plastics.

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM – Transforming the World through Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals – Achieving a sustainable future requires increasing our collective impact by aligning efforts within our communities and with broader initiatives. Learn about leading international and national initiatives, including the UN’s Agenda 2030 and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and UNESCO’s new Global Action Programme (GAP) on education for sustainable development. Explore examples of how schools, colleges, government agencies, and community programs are building tangible projects, resource tools, networks, and outreach efforts that increase education, training, and public awareness campaigns. Realize how you can make a difference.

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM – Going Backwards to Go Forward  – We will explore ideas and items from the past that can be used today to help us live a more sustainable lifestyle by cutting back on waste and energy usage. The universe is preparing you for something much greater and like a sling shot, it’s going to shoot you forward, but you just have to move backwards for a little bit. “Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.” ~Albert Einstein  

Laura having fun on the bar

4:00 PM – 11:00 PM – Earth Guardians Open Bar – Come try a “Gray Water” or “Black Water” drink!

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM- Earth Party – Greening the Burn / Leave No Trace Cocktail Hour – we will celebrate all of you Green, Eco and LNT superheros with earthy libations from the EG bar and some Earth-produced nosh to celebrate the high valued LNT /green burners! All LNT/Green camps invited!.  Without you, Black Rock City would not be sustainable!

8:00 PM – 9:00 PM Plastic-Free Burning Man – Author/World’s leading anti-plastic Blogger Beth Terry will share her journey from self-confessed plastic junkie to empowered plastic-free activist and explain why we can’t recycle our way out of this mess. Her message is powerful and full of positive suggestions that can reduce your plastic footprint.

9:15 PM – 10:30 PM – Movie Night – Bag It is a documentary film exposing the effects of plastic bags and other plastic consumer merchandise, and its effects on land ecosystems, the marine environment and the human body. What really gets recycled?

Thursday – September 01, 2016

8:30 AM – 12:00 PM – LNT Outreach/Compliance Team: Interested in learning how BLM checks for BRC permit violations? We’ll be going out each morning with Friends of Black Rock volunteers as both LNT advisors and cultural ambassadors to check for spills and burn barrel problems.  It’s a great opportunity to include our own ‘boots on the ground’ and share LNT love.  Volunteers will get a meal after each morning or afternoon shift and should attend the pre-event or Tuesday training (2pm).

Darrell showing how to make your own solar cooker.

Darrell showing how to make your own solar cooker.

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM – Simple Solar Cooker Construction Workshop – Learn how to make a simple solar cooker. The Hunger (playa name) will go over the steps for making one for yourself.  He will have 6 kits ready to make for the first six to show up and 12 sets of instructions for the ones who did not get to make their own.

11:00 AM – 11:30 AM Puppet Show – An entertaining half hour for the kids with puppets completely made from recycled materials. The message is Leave No Trace with an emphasis on not leaving micro trash behind. Kids attending will get their very own handmade MOOP bag and Earth Guardian patch from Wizard Zab.

11:00 AM – 1:00 PM – MOOP Train – All aboard the MOOP train! Can you see and pick up MOOP as we move through the city? Give back to BRC, we’ll travel to the trash fence and around the city deMooping!

11:00 PM – 2:00 PM Alternative Energy Demo Garden – Food served baked in a solar oven. An assortment of alternative energy devices will be on display including DIY solar ovens, a commercial solar oven, rocket stoves, evapotron for gray water and a Black Rock Solar array.

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM – Sustainable Gardening – Learn how to have a beautiful, healthy, lush garden without the use of pesticides. Learn how to attract beneficial insects and why they are so important. With a few simple steps, no matter where you live, you can grow a beautiful, sustainable & abundant garden to enjoy!

Dave Cooper telling us about the Black Rock Desert

Dave Cooper telling us about the Black Rock Desert

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM – Voices from the Occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge – The armed occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in January 2016 was a significant event in the history of public lands in the west. In this talk we will explore words and stories from the occupation that were used to provoke, challenge, resolve and heal. As we gather here and legally “occupy” this desert, what do public lands mean to you?

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM – Earth Guardian Information Desk Training/Activities Volunteers – Calling all Earth Guardians ready to volunteer to man our information desk where folks can come for information and help run the activities programs. We need YOU at our front line. This is a training session for all volunteers and all EG’s staying at the EG camp on the esplanade are expected to do at least three shifts. Shifts run from 9-noon, noon-3 and 3-6pm each day of the event. (meet at front desk)

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM – Our Inspiring Desert Home, the Black Rock Desert! Come learn about the vast Black Rock Desert and what makes it come alive. Dave Cooper, local and former manager of the Black Rock NCA will talk about playa dust, wilderness areas, historic emigrant trails, wildlife, wild horses, & more. Come with questions!

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM – Nurturing Hope and Resilience – How do we nurture hope for a healthy future and face the struggles inherent in making a difference? Using a motto of “educate, empower, engage”, this session will explore core foundations of our beliefs and obstacles to civic engagement and how we can overcome thought traps, create cycles of hope, and identify ways to participate in sustainable solutions.

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM – Burning Man and the Environment  – Since 1991 on the playa Burning Man has evolved and innovated to protect the Black Rock Desert.  Learn the history starting with the installation of the perimeter fence, fire blankets and evapotrons.  When was the Leave No Trace protocol brought to the playa? When was the first year for the Burner Express buses?  What else is Burning Man doing to protect the Black Rock Desert and the planet?

4:00 PM – 11:00 PM – Earth Guardians Open Bar – Come try a “Gray Water” or “Black Water” drink!

Chico leads us in a dance.

Chico leads us in a dance.

6:00 PM – 6:30 PM – Aztec Dance to Honor Mother Earth and the Four Directions –Aztec dancers with rare, traditional instrument accompanists will renew our connection to earth, wind, fire and water. Dances will be explained while connecting us to nature; we will end with a friendship community dance circle which all are encouraged to join.

7:00 PM-8:00 PM – Burning Man Sustainability: Past, Present & Future –  Curious how environmental stewardship and the evolution of Burning Man intertwine? Where is our environmental record now and what does our future hold? Join Rosalie Barnes, BM Manager, and Harley K. Dubois, Co-founder of the EGs, in conversation as they reflect.

8:30 PM – 11:00 PM – Earth Guardians Live Music Showcase – hosted by Nathyn Knott and friends featuring conscious music, poetry and dance inspired by our connection to the earth and nature.

Friday – September 02, 2016

6:00 AM – 8:00 AM Experience Deep Time on the Playa Bike Tour: This is your opportunity to contemplate Deep Time while on the playa. Your journey will be led by geology experts Drs. Elizabeth Miller (Stanford U) and John Dilles (Oregon SU). Bike to the outer playa to contemplate the history of this place we call home, from the deep time geologic framework to the ice ages, first human inhabitants in the region, post-glacial warming and the raw chant and inexorable warming of the Anthropocene era. Burn baby burn! P.S. Deep Time = Geologic Time.

Andy getting ready to take out another bike tour!

Andy getting ready to take out another bike tour!

8:30 AM – 12:00 PM – LNT Outreach/Compliance Team: Interested in learning how BLM checks for BRC permit violations? We’ll be going out each morning with Friends of Black Rock volunteers as both LNT advisors and cultural ambassadors to check for spills and burn barrel problems.  It’s a great opportunity to include our own ‘boots on the ground’ and share LNT love.  Volunteers will get a meal after each morning or afternoon shift and should attend the pre-event or Tuesday training (2pm).

10:00 – 11:00 AM – World’s Largest Fire Blanket – Senior Earth Guardian and Leave No Trace Master Educator Mike Bilbo will discuss the history of burn scars on the playa, Leave No Trace solutions, and Burning Man’s stewardship through large scale solutions known as burn platforms. Learn also what is the latest protocol for building a fire when camping in back country areas. Then off we go via bike tour to see the world’s largest fire blanket. How big is it, what is it made of? We will investigate.

11:00 AM – 1:00 PM MOOP Train – All aboard the MOOP train! Can you see and pick up MOOP as we move through the city? Give back to BRC, we’ll travel to the trash fence and around the city deMooping!

11:00 PM – 2:00 PM Alternative Energy Demo Garden – Food served baked in a solar oven.  An assortment of alternative energy devices will be on display including DIY solar ovens, a commercial solar oven, rocket stoves, evapotron for gray water and a Black Rock Solar array.

1:00 AM – 2:00 PM Simple Rocket Stove Construction Workshop – DIYers! Learn how to make a simple rocket stove that uses recycled paper pellets or twigs for fuel. Davis will go over the steps for making the stove out of recycled tin cans and then have the supplies so you can make one for yourself to take back to your camp. Limited to 10 that can make a stove but open to all for instructions. Sign up at Earth Guardians.

Plastic Free Camping - EG Green Tour

Participants listening to Beth Terry explain her plastic free camp at Earth Guardians

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM – Our Inspiring Desert Home, the Black Rock Desert! – Learn about the vast Black Rock Desert and what makes it come alive. Dave Cooper, local and former manager of the Black Rock NCA will talk about playa dust, wilderness areas, historic emigrant trails, wildlife, wild horses, & more. Come with questions!

3:00 PM – 5:00 PM – Behind the Green Curtain Bike Tour: An interpretive bike tour of some of Black Rock City’s Green camps featuring solar installations, grey water set ups, recycling efforts, plastic-free living, solar cookers and much more, Come see what innovators are doing to make Black Rock City more environmentally friendly. (Beth Terry)

4:00 PM – 11:00 PM – Earth Guardians Open Bar – Come try a “Gray Water” or “Black Water” drink!

5:30 PM – 6:30 PM –  EG Party Time – Let’s get together for a party to talk about how things are going and express gratitude for all our teams.

7:00 PM – 11:00 PM – Earth Guardians Live Music Showcase – hosted by Nathyn Knott and friends featuring conscious music, poetry and dance inspired by our connection to the earth and nature.

Saturday- September 03, 2016

8:30 AM – 12:00 PM – LNT Outreach/Compliance Team: Interested in learning how BLM checks for BRC permit violations? We’ll be going out each morning with Friends of Black Rock volunteers as both LNT advisors and cultural ambassadors to check for spills and burn barrel problems.  It’s a great opportunity to include our own ‘boots on the ground’ and share LNT love.  Volunteers will get a meal after each morning or afternoon shift and should attend the pre-event or Tuesday training (2pm).

9:00 AM – 11:00 AM – Behind the Green Curtain Bike Tour – An interpretive bike tour of some of Black Rock City’s Green camps featuring solar installations, grey water set ups, recycling efforts, plastic-free living, solar cookers and much more. Come see what innovators are doing to make Black Rock City more environmentally friendly. (Beth Terry)/Users/Tony/Desktop/Moop Train/moop train.dwg

11:00 AM – 1:00 PM – MOOP Train – All aboard the MOOP train! Can you see and pick up MOOP as we move through the city? Give back to BRC, we’ll travel to the trash fence and around the city deMooping!

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM – Geology of the Black Rock Desert – Ever wondered about those amazing land forms around Black Rock City? Come and learn how they were formed and what they’re about. Come and learn about the rocks from John Dilles, our expert Geology professor from Oregon State University

11:00 PM – 2:00 PM Alternative Energy Demo Garden – Cookies served baked in a solar oven. An assortment of alternative energy devices will be on display including DIY solar ovens, a commercial solar oven, rocket stoves, evapotron for gray water and a Black Rock Solar array.

12:30 PM – 6:30 PM – Earth Guardians Open Bar – Come try a “Gray Water” or “Black Water” drink!

Ann helping folks make Tshirt bags

Ann helping folks make Tshirt bags

3:00 – 4:00 PM T Shirt Bag Workshop – Annie will demonstrate how to make a T shirt bag that you can then use as a MOOP bag or as a grocery shopping bag back in the default world to minimize your use of single-use plastic bags. We will have the supplies so you can make and decorate your own bag to take away with you. We will also demonstrate how to make your own toothpaste and wet wipes. (Annie/Beth tentative)

Sunday – September 04, 2016

6:00 PM – 7:00 PM – Earth Guardian Pot Luck – Campers, come and share some food with your fellow campers at the Earth Guardian village.  Bring what ever you have left to share!

Monday – September 05, 2016

9:00 AM – Thank You, Feedback and 2016 Planning Breakfast – Let’s get together over breakfast to talk about how things went, express gratitude for all our teams and maybe start to plan for 2016! Potluck and our managers will make camp breakfast for us.

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